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The Performing Arts Faculty strive to lead engaging, inspiring and innovative lessons in the 3 disciplines of Drama, Dance and Music.

We motivate and encourage students to achieve their potential, and more, in a school with exceptional specialist facilities at hand. At Astor College, we believe that the Performing Arts has the power to transform and change lives of young people, equipping them with skills they will utilise throughout their future careers.

We also believe that the cross-curricular skills developed within the Arts are fundamental and integral to develop a child's confidence, self esteem and creative intelligence.

Our aim is to instil within every student the confidence, self-discipline and ability to communicate effectively with others, becoming fully rounded, creative and responsible young adults.

Should you wish to discuss in more detail what the Performing Arts Faculty at Astor College have to offer, please contact the Director of Performing Arts below:

 

Mrs Victoria Chamberlain: victoria.chamberlain@astor.dfamat.com 

 

Please visit and follow our social media sites, for up-to-date news about our trips, visits and showcases:

https://facebook.com/astorperformingarts

https://www.instagram.com/astorperformingarts

https://twitter.com/astorarts

 

 

Faculty specialists

 

Within Astor College, the Performing Arts Department is split into 3 areas:

 

  • Drama: Director of Department - Mr Michael Hornsey. BA Hons. Acting, M.A Text and Performance.

michael.hornsey@astor.dfamat.com

 

  • Dance: Director of Department - Mrs Victoria Chamberlain. BA Hons. Education. BTDA, NPQML.

victoria.chamberlain@astor.dfamat.com

 

  • Music: Director of Department - Mr Richard Knox. BSc Hons. Music Production and Business Management, PGCE.

richard.knox@astor.dfamat.com

 

We also offer Production Arts at KS5, specialising in Theatre Management and Technician Skills.  Please contact richard.knox@astor.dfamat.com or michael.hornsey@astor.dfamat.com for more information.

 

KS3 Dance

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We currently adhere to the following structure at KS3:

Term 1/2 - Performance Skills

Term 3/4 - Choreographic Skills

Term 5/6 - Appreciation Skills

 

Students will have 1 x 60 minute lesson, over the 2 week carousel. 

During practical classes, students will be expected to wear the following;

  • Bare feet
  • Comfortable t-shirt or jumper
  • Comfortable tracksuit bottoms or leggings

 

 

KS4 Dance

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We currently follow the AQA GCSE Dance specification.  This is a linear course and is examined at the end of Year 11.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/dance/gcse/dance-8236

Students will have 5 x 60 minute lessons, over the 2 week carousel.  These are split into 3 practical classes and 2 appreciation lessons.

During practical classes, students will be expected to wear the following;

  • Bare feet
  • Black leggings
  • Black leotard or black shorts and vest top.
  • Blue uniform T-Shirt (supplied by the dance department, subject to a refundable deposit)

During appreciation classes, students will be expected to bring the following:

  • GCSE Dance Anthology
  • C2 Booklet (Yr 11 only)
  • Spelling book

Specimen paper for component 2 revision, can be found here:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/dance/gcse/dance-8236/assessment-resources

 

 

 

KS5 Dance

We currently follow the AQA A-Level Dance specification.  This is a linear course and is examined at the end of Year 13. Students are also entered for Mock exams at the end of Year 12.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/dance/as-and-a-level/dance-7236

Any students wishing to study this course should have at least a Grade 4 in GCSE Dance and a Grade 4 in GCSE English.  Students who have considerable dance experience will also be considered.

Students will have 9 x 60 minute lessons, over the 2 week carousel.  These are split into 4 practical classes and 5 appreciation lessons.

During practical classes, students will be expected to wear the following;

  • Bare feet
  • Black leggings
  • Black leotard or black shorts and vest top.
  • Burgundy uniform T-Shirt (supplied by the dance department, subject to a refundable deposit)

During appreciation classes, students will explore the following:

  • Compulsory Set Work - Rooster (Christopher Bruce) inc. Glen Tetley, Richard Alston and Siobhan Davies
  • Optional Set Work - Sutra (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui) inc. Matthew Bourne and Akram Khan

Specimen paper for component 2 revision, can be found here:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/dance/as-and-a-level/dance-7237/assessment-resources

 

 

Dance - Extra Curricular Opportunities

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Students can also benefit from a wealth of opportunities, outside of the curriculum, at Astor College:

  • Dance Clubs

These are available in 3 age categories. Junior (years 7/8), Intermediate (years 9/10) and Senior (year 11+).

Clubs run from January to June and anyone who loves to dance can join!  Each club will work towards the annual summer dance show in June, where clubs will perform 2 numbers each.

  • Rebound Company Class

Entry into Rebound is by audition only and represents the elite dancers within the College.  We currently run a Junior and Senior Company, who rehearse once a week after school.  Rebound regularly represent the College at local and national events. Please see a member of the dance department for more information.

  • Trips/Visits

The dance department regularly run a plethora of trips throughout the year. Recent trips have included

'Move it' 2018 at the Excel Centre, London.

Matthew Bourne's 'Cinderella' at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.

Rambert's 'A Linha Curva' at Sadler's Wells, London.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's 'Sutra' at Sadler's Wells, London.

KS3 Drama

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KS3 Music

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KS5 Production Arts

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White Cliffs Theatre

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International Links and Performances.

Chicago

 

At Astor College, we are fortunate enough to have strong links with a variety of schools across the world. Students regularly travel in an exchange programme to these schools, and often forge friends for life.  We strive for near professional performances and have high expectations for our performers.

 Schools currently included in the Performing Arts International Exchange are:

  • Gymnazia 1, Split, Croatia.
  • School 96, Zheleznogorsk, Siberia, Russia.
  • New Kent High School, Virginia, USA.
  • Sint Jozefsinstituut College, Torhourt, Belgium.

During the exchange programme, pupils learn to work collaboratively on a joint musical project and fully immerse themselves in the culture.  They are hosted by students of the school and attend regular lessons during the day, whilst rehearsing in the evenings.  An incredibly rewarding opportunity, many students return back as adults to visit their host families and continue to stay in contact.

Productions we have worked collaboratively on have been

2017: 'Chicago' - Astor College/New Kent High School/School 96

2016: 'Little Shop of Horrors' -  Astor College/Gymnazia 1

2015: 'Les Miserables'  - Astor College/New Kent High School/School 96

2014: 'Chess' - Astor College/School 96

2013: 'Anything Goes' - Astor College/New Kent High School

 

If you have any questions regarding the International Exchange Programme, please do not hesitate to contact the Director of Performing Arts below:

Mrs Victoria Chamberlain: victoria.chamberlain@astor.dfamat.com